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2nd Phase of River Information System between Farakka-Patna inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 2nd Phase of River Information System (RIS) between Farakka and Patna on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) in Prayagraj on 8th February 2019.

 A new arrangement of Navigation Lock to enable breeding of Hilsa fish in River Ganga and to conserve the river ecosystem is being constructed with the cost of Rs. 361.35 Crore at NW-1 under Jal Marg Vikas Project and it is expected to be completed by June, 2019.

The 2nd Phase of RIS is aimed at enhancing swift electronic data transfer so as to boost movement of Cargo and Fishery Development in river Ganga.

Union Minister Smriti Irani launches India Size project in Mumbai

Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in Mumbai with a aim to get a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardized sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.

During this ceremony,Minister also launched a Study of Apparel Consumption in India. The report of this study would released by July 2019.


Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Qutub Minar are now under Top 10 Revenue Generating Monuments

Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Qutub Minar are among the top 10 Revenue Generating Monuments for 2015-2018.

The other monuments in the list are Ellora caves, Sun Temple in Konark, Mamallapuram monuments, Khajuraho monuments, Ajanta caves in Aurangabad, Red Fort.

Among all, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort both located in Agra come at the top positions for revenue generation.


India and Bangladesh sign MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh civil servants

India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants under Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG).

The Mou was signed between the NCGG and the Ministry of Public Administration, and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the tenure of 6 years.

 This agreement is considered to be the second time National Centre for Good Governance entering into an MOU for a training program for Bangladesh Civil Servants.


Boori Boot Yollo festival celebrated  Nyishi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh

Nyishi tribe celebrated ‘Boori Boot Yollo festival’ with great enthusiasm to welcome spring and a successful harvest.

Nyishi is the largest community in Arunachal Pradesh,found in Daporijo, Upper Subansiri Locale and Raga and Dollungmukh ranges of Lower Subansiri Region of Arunachal Pradesh.


Measures for the protection of Sentinelese Tribe

The Sentinelese Tribe are the inhabitants of  North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal in India .The Sentinelese tribe is at the verge of extinction.The 2011 census estimates their quantities at a mere 50.

The North Sentinel Island along with 5 km coastal sea is remarked as a tribal reserve.

To make maritime sources like fish, turtle and many others readily available to this Tribal Groups (PVTGs),coastal sea up to a preset extent of 1 Km to 5 Km along the tribal territory is also been notified as a tribal reserve.



US approved sale of two missile defence systems for Air India One 

US agreed to sell two of its advanced missile to India for Air India one.

US approved the purchase of the two systems known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCAM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) at cost of USD 190 million,
to enhance the security of planes flying the Prime Minister and the President.

The purpose of the LAIRCM programme is to protect large aircraft from man-portable missiles.

To purchase these two missile,in the interim budget Rs.1084 crores have allotted and these missiles are to be in India in the year end.


Economy and Finance

The limit on collateral-free agriculture loans is increased to Rs. 1.6 lakh by RBI

RBI announced increasing the limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs.1.6 lakh from Rs.1 lakh. It will help to boost liquidity particularly among small and marginal farmers in the farming sectors.

RBI’s move will enhance coverage of small and marginal farmers in the legal loan system. As the input costs and support prices for agriculture products have gone up, the increase of limit was essential for farmers.

Government has already distributed Rs.11 trillion in Agriculture loans. Tamil Nadu has disbursed Rs.1.58 trillion followed by Andra Pradesh with Rs.1.12 trillion.
About Union Agriculture Ministry
♦ Union Minister: Radha Mohan Singh
♦ Minister of state: Gagendra Singh Shikhawat


RBI slaps fine of Rs 1 crore on State Bank of India

Reserve Bank of India has slapped Rs 1 crore penalty on the country’s largest lender,State Bank of India for violation of norms.

RBI levied fine on State Bank of India,by exercising its  powers under Section 47 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 .
About State Bank Of India
♦ Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai
♦ Founded: 1 July 1955



Mirabai Chanu wins Gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand

The 24 year old World champion Manipuri weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up gold at EGAT Cup in Chiang Mai city, Thailand.

Mirabai Chanu has won 48 kg category Gold with effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in lean and jerk to finish on top of the event.

She has made a comeback from the injury in her lower back that kept her away to perform since long time.
About Thailand
♦ Capital- Bangkok,
♦ Currency- Thai Baht



Shri Sailesh Assumed Charge as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs 

Shri Sailesh, IAS, Assam-Meghalaya Cadre,took charge as the Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs.

He will also  hold the post of Secretary, Department of Official Language as an additional charge.
About  Ministry of Minority Affairs
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – cabinet minister for Minority Affairs



International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is observed on 6 February

February 6th is observed as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),which is also called as  Female Genital Cutting (FGC) that is , removal of all or part of a female’s genitalia for non-medical reasons.

The UN officially commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation to remark to fight against FGM on  February 6, 2003.

The theme for the year 2019 is #EndGFM.


Oil industry observed Ujjwala Utsav on February 7

Oil industry observed Ujjwala Utsav to celebrate the role of the stakeholders in making Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, a resounding success.

This event was organised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to encourage and motivate the field force for their contribution to PMUY scheme.

During this ceremony,PMUY Anthem was launched which was composed by eminent singer Kailash Kher.

About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
The Scheme was launched with motive to provide  5 crore deposit free LPG connections to women belonging to the Below Poverty Line families,which was subsequently increased to 8 crore with a  budgetary line of 12800 crores.
 Capital – Imphal,
 CM – Nongthombam Biren Singh,
♦ Governor – Najma Heptulla


Thought of the Day

“Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these. “

Quiz based on Daily Current Affairs 8th February 2019

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